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Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners - 5/4/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Seattle Mariners at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Saturday May 4, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, OH
The Line
Cleveland Indians -204 / Seattle Mariners +187 -- O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
ROOT-Northwest, SportsTime Ohio
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The Seattle Mariners and the Cleveland Indians meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Progressive Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Seattle Mariners will look to bounce back after dropping the opener of the series by a final score of 2-1 on Friday. Jay Bruce accounted for the lone Seattle RBI with a solo home run in the 4th while Tim Beckham went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Dee Gordon went 2 for 4 while Omar Narvaez, Edwin Encarnacion and Mitch Haniger each had base hits as well to cap off Seattle’s offense as a team in the loss. Yusei Kikuchi gave up one run on three hits while striking out ten over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Anthony Swarzak ended up with the loss to fall to 2-1 on the year. Mike Leake will start game two and is 2-3 with a 4.98 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. In his career, Leake is 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA and 46 strikeouts against Cleveland.

The Cleveland Indians will look to build on their series opening victory on Friday. Tyler Naquin had an RBI while Leonys Martin and Jordan Luplow each had a double. Jose Ramirez added a base hit of his own as the Tribe mustered up just four hits as a team in the winning effort. Shane Bieber went 7.2 innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out eight, not factoring in the decision. Brad Hand ended up picking up the win to improve his record to 1-1 on the year. Carlos Carrasco will start game two and is 2-3 with a 5.86 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. In his career, Carrasco is 5-3 with a 3.51 ERA and 51 strikeouts against Seattle.

Seattle is 0-5 in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 in Leake’s last 5 starts against a team with a winning record while the over is 10-3-1 in their last 14 road games. Cleveland is 2-5 in Carrasco’s last 7 starts and 7-3 in their last 10 home games while the under is 7-1-1 in their last 9 games overall. Seattle is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

The Indians being favored makes sense, but I’m not trying to lay this kind of juice when Carrasco has had his ups and downs. On the flipside, Seattle has cooled off from their major start and provide no value even with the hefty plus money. Instead, I’m going to do something that feels a bit weird and side with the under here. Carrasco has gotten just one run of support in each of his last four starts and the Mariners have scored one run or less in four of their five games during their current five game losing streak so I’ll side with the under in what I see being another low scoring affair.

Pick:
Under 8.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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